Paley Center Will Celebrate Mary Rodgers With Screenings of Mattress and Feathertop

By Andrew Gans
01 Jul 2014

The Paley Center for Media will offer A Celebration of Mary Rodgers, a tribute to the acclaimed composer who passed away June 26 at age 83, July 19 beginning at 2 PM.



The tribute is part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival and will include screenings of the 1964 telecast of Once Upon a Mattress and the "lost" 1961 television musical Feathertop.

The schedule of events follows:

2 PM Screening: Once Upon a Mattress (1964). The first television production of the 1959 Broadway musical by composer Rodgers and lyricist Marshall Barer. Starring Carol Burnett and featuring Joseph Bova, Jane White, Jack Gilford, Bill Hayes, Shani Wallis and Elliott Gould; directed by Joe Layton and Dave Geisel. (CBS; 90 minutes.)

3:45 PM Interview: A conversation with Martin Charnin, co-moderated by Ted Chapin and Bill Rudman.

4:30 PM Screening: Feathertop (1961). The musical-fantasy Feathertop, which was commissioned for television and broadcast in October 1961, has music by Rodgers and lyrics by Martin Charnin and is based on the Hawthorne tale of a witch who transforms a scarecrow into a man. Starring Jane Powell, Hugh O’Brian, Cathleen Nesbitt and Hans Conried; directed by Dean Whitmore. (ABC; 60 minutes.)

Read Playbill.com's obituary for Mary Rodgers here.

The Paley Center for Media is located at 25 West 52nd Street; for more information call (212) 621-6886 or visit paleycenter.org. Tickets are free with Paley Center admission ($10; $8 students and seniors; $5 children under 14).